Associate Dean — Distinguished Professorial Lecturer
Lee Paddock is a Distinguished Professorial Lecturer of Environmental Law at The George Washington University Law School, and a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute where he is Managing Director of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement. He previously served as Associate Dean for Environmental Law Studies at George Washington University Law School from 2007-2019 and was Director of Environmental Legal Studies at Pace University’s Haub School of Law from 2002-2007.
Lee’s research has focused on private environmental governance, environmental compliance and enforcement, environmental justice, aspects of energy law, citizen environmental science, climate change litigation, public participation, and materials conservation. He is Secretary and a member of the Executive Council of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources; a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Environmental Law; and the Academic Advisory Group on Energy for the international Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, Resources and Infrastructure Law.
From 1978 until 1999, Lee was an Assistant Attorney General with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office where he served as Director of Environmental Policy for 13 years, as manager of the Office’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Division and as a member of its Executive Committee. He has been named to several national panels including the Aspen Institute’s Series on Environment in the 21st Century and the American National Standard Institute’s ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems Council. He was a Senior Consultant for the National Academy of Public Administration for eight years.
Lee clerked for Judge Donald Lay of the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. His law degree is from the University of Iowa Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.